So you have your eye on a Frontpoint home security system. Now what? Well, we typically recommend looking at the professional monitoring plans to get an idea of pricing, fees, and features. Thankfully, most home security brands offer 24/7 monitoring — and we found that Frontpoint delivers a couple of the best packages out there.
Frontpoint monitoring plans cost slightly more than popular DIY home security systems like SimpliSafe, but we actually experienced faster response times compared to SimpliSafe and other brands. Not to mention Frontpoint offers 100% cellular monitoring, so we never had to worry about our system going offline.
Another thing we liked about Frontpoint is that they keep things simple. There are only two plans to choose from, which made it easy for us to find what we were looking for. We’ll dig into these plans in just a bit.
Before we jump into the monitoring plan costs, we think it’s important to know why we recommend monitoring in the first place.
Let’s say you’re on vacation and a bad guy targets your home. If you don’t have a home security system, you’re out of luck. If you have one, but don’t have professional monitoring in place, then it’s completely up to you to contact the police and deal with the aftermath (we’ve been there, and it’s not fun).
FYI: Some folks choose to self-monitor their home security systems, which is fine — you just won’t have that extra peace of mind of knowing that you’re always connected to an emergency monitoring center, day or night.
Another reason we recommend professional monitoring is because it usually bundles in home automation and video support. That’s the case with Frontpoint anyway. If you want to set up home security cameras and helpful home automations, you actually have to purchase a Frontpoint monitoring plan to get those features. So… let’s have a look at your options!
Frontpoint Monitoring Prices & Features
Frontpoint used to offer three different monitoring plans, but they recently cut their cheapest plan, leaving us two to pick from. You can choose either the Interactive Plan at $44.95 per month, or the Ultimate Plan at $49.95 per month.
Again, this is slightly pricier than the industry average, but you have to remember you’re getting LTE Cellular Monitoring, which is superior to the “Wi-Fi with cellular backup” connection that most DIY systems offer today. This means you’ll have a faster and more reliable connection to the monitoring center. Have a look at the monitoring plans, prices, and coverage below. And check out our latest roundup of Frontpoint packages and prices here.
|Frontpoint Monitoring||Interactive Plan||Ultimate Plan|
|Price||$44.95 per month||$49.95 per month|
|Type of Coverage||Intrusion + Environmental Monitoring||Intrusion + Environmental Monitoring + Home Automation|
|Connection Type||LTE Cellular Connection||LTE Cellular Connection|
|Mobile App Controls||Yes||Yes|
|Contract Length||No Contract||No Contract|
Most importantly, you won’t have to sign a long-term contract, as Frontpoint recently switched to month-to-month monitoring on all plans. While we’re not dead-set against contracts, we think it’s nice to have the flexibility to cancel at any time without penalty. We also like that there are no hidden fees or activation fees. Note that some home security companies charge these extra fees — but DIY systems like Frontpoint (and many others) are trending toward no-fee policies. No arguments here!
This basic plan will help to keep your home safe and secure. If you go Interactive, the monitoring center will receive a signal any time your alarm goes off. And if it’s a true emergency, they’ll dispatch police in a jiffy. The Interactive Plan includes smartphone controls, which allows you to remotely arm and disarm your system using your smart device.
We enjoyed using the Frontpoint mobile app and advanced features like geo-fencing and custom notifications. It’s not a bad deal for the price, but we think it makes sense to shell out an extra $5 per month for the Ultimate Plan.
Did You Know: Both Frontpoint 24/7 professional monitoring plans come with geo-fencing, a feature that links your cell phone to your security system and executes specific commands (like remote arming reminders) when you go outside of your “geo-fence.” Pretty slick!
As mentioned, we chose the Ultimate Plan and spent nearly 100 hours testing it from top to bottom. Keep in mind that this plan includes everything in the Interactive Plan, plus a few (very important) extra features. For instance, with this plan you can install Frontpoint security cameras around your home for an added layer of protection.
One great thing about having cameras is that you can access your live video feed from your smartphone. This way you can keep an eye on your home from virtually anywhere. Frontpoint also sends motion-triggered alerts with embedded video clips (or images) so that you can keep tabs on your home security status. Note that we didn’t install security cameras during our latest Frontpoint testing, but we know from past experience they’re fairly standard.
We did, however, order a Frontpoint smart lock and Z-Wave LED light bulb that we integrated into our system. Keep in mind that you can only access these advanced features on the Ultimate Plan.
Which Frontpoint Monitoring Plan is Best?
It struck us kind of funny that there’s only a $5 difference between Frontpoint’s professional monitoring plans. We think this makes the decision even easier; just pay the extra $5 per month for the Ultimate Plan and you’ll open up a world of extra features. That’s exactly what we did when we tested Frontpoint, and we appreciated having the option to set up security cameras and automate our home if we wanted to.
Final Words on Frontpoint 24/7 Monitoring
If you’re looking to outfit your home with Frontpoint Security, then you’ll have to choose a monitoring plan, as they don’t offer a self-monitoring option. Thankfully, we found their LTE cellular connection to be top-notch and highly responsive. The few times we tested the alarm siren/signal, we experienced 20-30 second response times, which is actually pretty fast (most brands hover around the 30-second mark).
Sure, the price-point is a touch more expensive than other more affordable options. But it’s worth mentioning again that we had access to some advanced features that cheaper systems don’t typically offer. These included geofencing and custom notifications.
Overall, if you’re looking for a solid home security system with a well-designed mobile and web app, you really can’t go wrong with Frontpoint and their Ultimate Plan.